Saturday, 27 April 2013


What on earth is happening here?
I've always lived a life beyond fear,
Yet now I've become a gibbering wreck
Whose confidence just hit the deck.

I loved outrageously flirting with men
Until a month ago and then
I suddenly felt self-conscious and shy
So lost the courage to even try.

I'm up, I'm down, my head's in a spin.
Every night I just want to stay in
And watch a movie - unthinkable for me,
This party girl who loved to feel free.

My cycle that was so automatic
Has now become annoyingly erratic,
And these hot flushes without a doubt
Are dragging me down and wearing me out.

The makeup I've always loved to wear
Now drives me to the depths of despair.
It settles into those wrinkles I see
On the woman in the mirror who's older than me.

My skinny jeans no longer fit,
As middle age spread is appearing a bit;
And muscle tone has gone to the wall.
My pride has certainly taken a fall.

I lose my keys. I lock myself out.
I'm going insane without a doubt.
I'm forgetting faces and names of places,
I even got lost at the Sandown races.

I'm beginning to feel unattractive and old -
And very unsexy, if truth be told.
So I skulk in the corner trying to hide.
To be seen, I can no longer abide.

So what is to become of me -
Do you think from this hell I'll ever be free?
It's high time Nature invented a clause
Forbidding the onset of menopause!



  1. **hugs** my sister is going through this now and I KNOW I'm not far behind. It doesn't seem fair at all. Sometimes being a woman feels like a curse. xoxo

    1. I'm certain it IS a curse!
      But, after having said between the episodes of madness, I still feel sixteen!! Haha:D

      Many thanks Nyssa xxx

  2. Well this made this man pause and laugh. :D

    "Frailty, thy name is woman" and though you "feel unattractive and old - And very unsexy, if truth be told" you're not. You're a sweet sixteen to me.

    1. Oh Gnome, you are too can I ever thank you?!

      So happy I brought a smile to your face.
      That is the most important thing for me!:)

  3. Neatly done and clever the way you engineered the rhyme for the final couplet. I appreciated the humour of it, but beyond that, having observed the symptoms, but not known the inner reality, I don't feel qualified to comment.

    1. Thank you, Dave, for hanging in there through this one!
      Have to say, wish I weren't qualified to write about this subject either...but, as they say, "That's life!!" Haha:D

  4. Hahaha, well done Ygraine, very enjoyable write! Menopause comes in three stages - pre-menopausal, menopausal and post-menopausal which a woman is for the rest of her living years and frequently the 3rd stage offers no relief from the middle stage, which one would have thought it might, sigh, some madness to look forward to I guess :)

    1. Rose, Rose...I really didn't want to hear that! Haha:D
      I suppose our only hope for the future is that we'll become so mad that we'll no longer realise that we ARE mad!!
      But, just imagine the fun we'll have then...:)

  5. I say, enjoy your new freedom! :-) Don't feel bound by nature or hormones, for that matter. What a fantastic read. Witty and facetious. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    1. You're absolutely right - Yes, freedom is the way to look at it...I'll think 'glass half full' from now on!
      Thank you so much for such an encouraging comment. It is more appreciated than you will ever imagine.:)

    2. Well dear I understand you so well and yes we always feel young but not matter the important is how you feel; this will past and you will find others amazing roads I love how you write:))

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    1. Oh Gloria...thank you, so, so, much!
      You give me such hope for the future.:)

  7. I love your humor sense I have twins of 18.and sometimes I really feel old!!

    1. certainly makes you wonder where the years have gone, doesn't it?
      My son is almost twenty-one, and my daughter would have been twenty-four this year!
      Yes, I often feel old too! Haha:D

  8. Oh, touche! I chuckled all the way through!

    However, before you know it you will say:

    "And now I look at myself and see
    A beautiful post-menopausal me!"


    1. Oh, brilliant, Dale!
      Think I'll write this on a post-it note and stick it on my mirror!!
      Thank you so much. Haha:D


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